to wreck Judahs chariot, his efforts turn against himself and he is mortally injured. Although initially uninterested, when Ilderim says that Messala is favored to win the race, Judah agrees, on condition that he race as an unknown Jew. In Jerusalem, Simonides is viciously tortured by Gratus men, but refuses to reveal where he has hidden the Hur money. Romans are seemingly defeated. The Technicolor Nativity sequences were condemned in 1926 as being in poor taste, but when seen today are beautifully handled and restful on the eye (oddly, no one complained about the nude female revellers during a later Technicolor pageant scene!). Also Known As: Ben Hur, see more » Filming Locations: Anzio, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more » Edit Box Office Budget: 3,900,000 (estimated) Gross USA: 12,449,980 See more on IMDbPro » Company Credits Production Co: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). I will grind you in the dust before all Antioch! Roman ship rescues them. At the same time, people throughout Israel talk of the Nazarene who preaches love and understanding. After Judah leaves, Simonides reveals to Esther that although he recognized Judah he was afraid to acknowledge him because she, like himself, would be Judahs slave. Edit, storyline, erstwhile childhood friends, Judah Ben-Hur and Messala meet again as adults, this time with Roman officer Messala as conqueror and Judah as a wealthy, though conquered, Israelite. That same day, Judah renews his boyhood friendship with Messala, a Roman officer who has returned to Jerusalem after a long absence. Now the Nazarene comes before Pilot as the crowds begin to turn on the man they once hailed as a king. The Greatest Wealth of Drama, Spectacle, Thrills, Awe Inspiring Magnitude, and Most Delicate Love Story ever presented in the History of the Theatres of the World.